§ Mr. Alan Howarth
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from the National Council for Educational Standards regarding the degree of conformity between the regression equations in his Department's statistical bulletin 13/84 and those in the council's report, "Standards in English Schools".
§ Mr. Dunn
Officials of the Department met representatives of the National Council for Educational Standards and the Centre for Policy Studies in January 1986 to discuss statistical issues raised by the Department's Statistical Bulletin 13/84 "School Standards and Spending: A Statistical Analysis".
The Department's bulletin was based on regression analysis. Results obtained by the NCES using regression methods were similar, notwithstanding its different data sources.